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REPORTING · 14th January 2010
Walter McFarlane
Mary Murphy, President of the Canadian, Energy and Paperworkers Union Local 298 stepped up to the stand at the City Council Meeting on Monday, January 11th to report to Council on what is going on with the feasibility study.

“We’ve got tonnes of support from the community and we established the Eurocan Industrial Viability group composed of the District of the Kitimat, CEP 298, 1127 and the National, The Kitimat Chamber of Commerce and Envision Financial. The purpose of the Committee is to make Eurocan Pulp and Paper a Viable business, working through issues that continue to surface. This committee made a commitment to hire a consultant as time is of the utmost,” said Murphy.

Poyry started work on Tuesday with the full cooperation of the Pulp and Paper Mill to report the potential of the product line as well as alternate product lines. They will make suggestions as to how the mill could make a profit.

"The study will take approximately 8 to 10 weeks and the mill will be cold on February 17, 2010. [...] West Fraser has made the commitment to keep fixed assets in place until March 31, 2010, and we will work to try and get this extended," said Murphy.

Right now, the union is trying to keep the mill warm and discuss environmental issues. According to Murphy, West Fraser has agreed to keep six assets in place until March 31st, 2010. She thanked the Steering committee who put a lot of effort into place over the holidays.

Mayor Monaghan thanked Councillors Richard McLaren and Randy Halyk as well as Municipal Manager Trafford Hall for putting in many long hours on that committee.